Sunday, March 3, 2013

play on



by marilynn halas — published february 19, 2013 — 4 sunflowers media

In the final moments of Danny's life, everything comes into sharp focus. He won't miss being a soldier, he won't miss Afghanistan, and he won't miss the war. As he closes his eyes, he knows what really matters: his family, his home, and his guitar.

A few years later that guitar falls into the hands of a kid from New York named Dillon, and it is just about the only thing that feels right in his life. The more he plays it, the better he feels — until he starts to feel that someone is watching. his suspicion is confirmed when he hears a southern drawl coming from out of nowhere, teasing him about a bad G chord.

Channeling the ghost of the guitar's former owner is weird enough, but there are other unsettling notes — fragments about death and remembering and warnings, and now Dillon doesn't know what to do or where to turn. Is Danny a friend or a threat? The only thing Dillon knows for sure is that the old guitar in his room is the ket to everything. Dillon has no choice: he must play on.

I couldn't find a picture for this one, so sorry about that. I think this book had great potential. It seemed like a really cool premise, and I wasn't too turned off by the weird ghost attached to the guitar. The plot picked up pretty quickly as I began the book, so it wasn't slow or drawn out, which was good. I also liked the beginning of the plot lines.

However, once the book got going, after the whole ghost business, Dillon has these dreams where he gets all bloody, and then all of the sudden, everyone is thinking, "oh! this must logically be because of string theory!"

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So they start involving a lot of physics, which is fine, but string theory isn't even a solid concept yet, so I found most of this really unrealistic and unbelievable. Then, after that, they start tying it to Elvis and time travel and it seems like they're trying to mix Lost with Back to the Future. And on top of that, there's some DNA swapping. It was just entirely too many plot lines for me to follow/be interested in. I wanted them to just stick with maybe, the time-traveling ghost one. I think all the other ones on top of it were just too much.

Like I said earlier, it definitely had potential, and it was a really interesting concept, so I'll be interested to see what else Halas writes in the future, it just seemed a little too much for my taste.

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